Deconstructing Event Safety Through The Anatomy of a Lawsuit

When:  Feb 27, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM (PT)
Associated with  San Diego Chapter
With an unfortunate number of mass shootings in recent times, event safety is a growing concern for event planners, venues, and attendees alike. Strategic preplanning is imperative to protect a crowd from all possible dangers but ultimately, who is responsible for these security measures? 

This session will deconstruct the legal claims in Towner v. Gilroy Garlic Festival, the recently filed lawsuit arising from the July 28, 2019 shooting incident. Before one can hope to decide who, if anyone, breached their duty of care, it is essential to understand the legal standards that apply to live event safety and security and how they might have applied on that day under those circumstances. The legal process will grind slowly forward at its own pace – in the meantime, we can try to identify the right questions.


Sports and entertainment lawyer Steven A. Adelman is the head of Adelman Law Group, PLLC in Scottsdale, Arizona and Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance. His national law practice focuses on risk management and litigation regarding safety and security at live events, and he also serves as an expert witness in crowd-related lawsuits. With the Event Safety Alliance, he is one of the authors of the Event Safety Guide, he hosts the Event Safety Podcast, and he chairs the group that is developing a first-of-its-kind ANSI standard for Crowd Management at live events. He is on the faculty of Arizona State University’s Sports Law and Business Program, he writes the monthly "Adelman on Venues" newsletter on current issues in the live event and venue industry, and he frequently appears in national and local media to provide analysis of sports and entertainment incidents. Steve Adelman graduated from Boston College Law School in 1994. He can be reached at
8:30 am - Check-in, Networking
9:30 am - Breakfast, Announcements & Educational Presentation
11:00 am - Networking resumes

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